Road to SMP No. 100: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Genesis of Aquarion

In 2016, Bandai Candy's Super Minipla line took the simple Minipla kit concept and placed it on a level on par with Bandai Spirits' hobby products. And with its rebranding to SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] in 2021, the line took even more heights with its engineering and concepts, like the SMP Alternative Destiny sub brand. … Continue reading Road to SMP No. 100: SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Genesis of Aquarion

I’m Also Down With THis Kit, I Think? SMP Alternative Destiny Dragon Jet & Super Giant Combination Set

As mentioned in my earlier post the SMP Alternative Destiny Brave Exkaiser set was announced together with Premium Bandai-exclusive complementary set that should allow you to build its final form, Great Exkaiser. Before I forget to mention, these versions of both King Exkaiser and Great Exkaiser were previously garage kits by Toshihisa Miyauchi who's now … Continue reading I’m Also Down With THis Kit, I Think? SMP Alternative Destiny Dragon Jet & Super Giant Combination Set

I’m Totally Down With This Kit! SMP Alternative Destiny King Exkaiser

I have repeatedly mentioned on this blog my choice to go with Kotobukiya's The Brave Fighter kits over Bandai's Super Minipla and SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] offerings. The main selling point of Bandai's kits is having great articulation while still including the nuances of the all the transformation and combination. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan … Continue reading I’m Totally Down With This Kit! SMP Alternative Destiny King Exkaiser

The Trilogy is Complete! SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Daitarn 3

To those wondering what "trilogy" I'm talking about, then let me again show you this image: I say trilogy in quotes because they're not really related story-wise, and their closest connection being both Zambot 3 and Daitarn 3 were directed by Gundam creator Yoshiyuki Tomino. That said, they do kind of look like the same … Continue reading The Trilogy is Complete! SMP [Shokugan Modeling Project] Daitarn 3

One Shots / “Straight Out of… Box”

"Straight out of camera" is what I wanted to say, but this photo was created though focus stacking in post, a technique I should've tried sooner. Anyway, I had a couple of tech and gear upgrades recently, including the camera I used for this photo. I'll get into details in a future post, but I'm … Continue reading One Shots / “Straight Out of… Box”